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Spiritual Resiliency

Did you know that consistently present unmanaged stress can overwhelm one’s ability to function on multiple levels? Numerous health studies have identified the negative relationship between too much stress and diminished sleep quality as altered performance and decreased ability to think clearly. According to statistics from the American Institute of Stress, “52% of men and 42% of women reported that stress affected their ability to remain focused the next day.”


Keeping an Attitude of Gratitude

Church, as I sit basking in the dawning of this cool crisp morning, my mind returned to a time when I was helping my Big Mama (grandmother) clean homes. She would sing an old Negro spiritual titled, “Keep your hand on the plow” popularized by the late gospel singer Mahalia Jackson to keep us distracted while doing mundane, physically tiring tasks. My favorite lyrics of this song were: “Heard the voice of Jesus say “Come unto me, I am the way. Keep your hand on the plow, hold on. When my way gets dark as night, I know the Lord will be my light, Keep your hand on the plow, hold on.” When Big Mama tired of singing, she would share God’s word using her memorized King James scriptures. She often shared verses 1 and 2 in the Book of Hebrews, Chapter 12. Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” She reminded me to stand for Christ even if no one else did because Christ is more than able to fight for me.


Covid-19 Vaccine Candidates – What Should I know? Part II

Let’s briefly revisit the term vaccination highlighted last week from Dr. Tony Moody’s perspective, a physician and principal investigator at the Duke Human Vaccine Institute. Dr. Moody shared “what a vaccine is doing is teaching the immune system how to handle something before you actually encounter the real thing – so that, hopefully, when you do encounter the real thing, you’re able to deal with it quickly and get rid of it.”*So in addition to the COVID-19 preventive measures, health care providers and public health officials will have vaccines to use in their fight against SARS-CoV2 causing COVID-19. Are you a visual learner who likes short, engaging and informative video? Please watch Dr. Anthony Fauci and colleagues in “Tell me more about vaccines” video on Youtube @


Covid-19 Vaccine Candidates – What should I know?

Verse 7 in the Book of Jeremiah, Chapter 29 says: “But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” As Christians, I believe we’re to use our godly wisdom and knowledge coupled with evidential data to make wise decisions benefitting the people, the environment and ourselves wherever we are.


Comfort Foods

Life continues to move forward even in the face of this raging pandemic. With Thanksgiving and Christmas looming around the corner, people are probably thinking about past holiday traditions and rituals. Those joyous occasions shared with loved ones and friends where festive foods and gatherings were celebrated. With COVID-19 running amok in various communities, people are seeking solace, a way to feel good while dealing with pandemic precautions and altered routines.
How do many people deal with troublesome stress and worry? Some folks exercise while other clean house, play games or watch movies. A number of people enjoy easing their cares with comfort foods. Through the years, experts and therapists have provided rationales for our craving certain foods typically called comfort foods. But what exactly are comfort foods? The Oxford Dictionaries defined comfort foods as “food that provides consolation or a feeling of well-being, typically any with a high sugar or other carbohydrate content and associated with childhood or home cooking.” I believe we turn to comfort foods because of their nostalgic, sentimental or sensory appeal or value.


Finding Spiritual Strength Through Lamenting

Last week, lament was introduced as a concept, an opportunity to unabashedly express our “soul-piercing” emotional pain, sufferings and losses to our loving God. We humbly cry out, spiritually tearing off our clothes, shaking our fists while wailing and sobbing. Like the biblical King David, we ask, “God, don’t you see me?” “Do something, make this hurt, this pain go away God”. “Lord, look at me and answer!”.